LONDON (AP) – It may be enough to kill your noise: A new study denies the idea that a drink or two per day may be good for you.
In a study conducted in China, researchers found that moderate drinking slightly increases the risk of stroke and high blood pressure. However, they could not understand whether small amounts of alcohol could also increase the chances of a heart attack.
People who are twice a day have long believed that they have a lower risk of stroke and heart problems than non-smokers. But scientists were not convinced that this was because alcohol was beneficial or if people who did not drink had other health problems. – said Richard Peet of Oxford University, one of the senior authors of the study. . The study was published on the Internet on Thursday in the journal Lancet.
For their research, Chinese and English scientists took note of genetics. They focused on two variants, common among East Asians, which can make drinking unpleasant. For those who have options, alcohol can lead to rapid redness, rapid heart rhythm, nausea, or headaches.
Since these variations of the genes occur by accident, the researchers were able to develop an equivalent of a randomized trial. Most previous studies on the effects of alcohol and health relied on studies that could not prove the causes and effects. They recorded their history of the disease, including whether they smoked or treated, and how much they drank. One third of men reported having drunk for most weeks, compared to several women.
Overall, the study found that alcohol increases the risk of stroke by about a third for every four drinks per day. Researchers have not shown protective effects for moderate intake of alcohol. For people who drink up to two drinks a day – who qualify as moderate drinkers – scientists said they would have an increased risk of stroke by about 10% to 15% compared with non-pregnant women. There were not enough heart attacks among participants to be able to conclude on the risks of the heart, the researchers said.
In the comments to the journal, the authors called for more stringent control over alcohol, stating that its risks are underestimated. 19659002] "The alcohol industry is thriving and should be regulated like the tobacco industry," wrote Shu Moon As Young and Dr. Thai Hin Lam of the University of Hong Kong.
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